Troubleshooting: Resolving the 'Auth check failed on device' Error for Google Home

Cupertino, September 15, 2023

Google Home is relatively easy to use, but every now and then you'll encounter a frustrating error that thwarts your attempts to interact with your smart home. One such issue is the dreaded "Auth check failed on device" error, which prevents you from adding a shared Google Assistant device. It's a frustrating problem, but one that can be easily solved. Here's a quick look at how to fix the "Auth check failed on device" error for Google Home.

Google: How to fix the 'Auth check failed' error

The 'Auth check failed' error appears when you are not a member of the network you are trying to connect to. That means you'll need to ask a Google Home network member to add you to the group. Fortunately, the process of sending an invitation, accepting the invitation, and adding your gadget to the smart home network takes no more than a few minutes.

  1. First, have a Google Home network member send you an invitation to join.
  2. To do this, have them open their Google Home app and select the home they want to add you to.
  3. Then select Settings. From there, click Add Home Member.
  4. Type the email address of the person to be invited and select Next.
  5. Confirm the selection by pressing Next again, followed by Send.
  6. Once the invite has been sent, you can dive into your Google Home app and check your inbox.
  7. You should see an invitation to join the new network.
  8. Select Next to join the network.
  9. Select Agree and then create a name for the new Google Home network.
  10. Once you've done that, you should now be able to avoid the 'Auth check fail on device' error.

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